Guitar Glitter paint job

Mr. Duque

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I want to make a glitter paint job on a guitar. White glitter (or color swipe) on white.

My ideia is to spray metallic white, then pour glitter (while the paint is still fresh) then clear coat everything, maybe spreading more glitter between the clear coats. I plan using nail glitter, because it's thinner and wouldn't make a coarse surface.

The spray cans are not polyurethane, they are acrylic. Not the best finish in the world, but can be buffed to high gloss.

First, I'm not sure if this works.

Second, I don't know how to spread glitter evenly over the surface. I don't need the whole surface to be completely covered with glitter.

Has anyone here ever made it?
 

T Dizz

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FWIW, I don't think sprinkling glitter between clear coats is a good idea if you plan on sanding the clear back and buffing it to a shine. I'd be afraid of sanding into some glitter specks and having them come out and scratch the clear. I could be wrong.
 

Moby Dick

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If you read the thread on TDPRI the OP used deft clear lacquer and .015in hexagonal glitter.
Spray a heavy coat of deft then sprinkle the glitter onto the guitar.

Once the surface is covered completely with glitter, buildup multiple(read many) coats of clear to cover the glitter.
Sand flat, buff.

The OP later changed to a different lacquer and glitter application method but the method I described gave great results as well.

If you are planning on making a sparklecaster, the thread is mandatory reading.

Good luck.
 

Sweetfinger

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You can make your own ketchup from scratch, too, and it's a lot easier, faster, and not nearly as messy as what you're proposing. I did a "pour it on" glitter job years ago, but buried the glitter under automotive clear. I still see the odd flake of red glitter in the parking lot at my apartment, out by the flowerbed in front of the shop, or on the sole of shoes I haven't worn in a long time. It's truly a gift that keeps on giving.
 

Mr. Duque

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Thanks, man. I'll surely read it. I just found out that white glitter spray is sold in Brazil, watched a bunch of youtube videos on the topic, and so far the strategy is built up layers this order: metallic white paint, white glitter spray, clear coat.

Once the surface is covered completely with glitter, buildup multiple(read many) coats of clear to cover the glitter.
Sand flat, buff.
That is what I imagine it should be.

It's truly a gift that keeps on giving.
Sorry, dude, for laughing. This is why I started this post: I also had my prior experiences.
 

Mr. Duque

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At like 42 min they show how they sprinkle glitter on G&L guitars
Looks awesome! They just use their hands... and sprinkle it on top of fresh coat. I don't want to mess around my house (too much), so I may just cover everything with plastic and use a glitter spray can.

I still haven't read that thread on the other forum, but I have been wondering about how to make a "glitter sprinkler" myself. Maybe a plastic bottle with small holes, that when carefully shaken would let glitter pieces fall. This way I would have some control on it. Maybe I will run a test...

Edit: oh, here's something similar: https://www.schleiper.com/onlinecat...10g-sprinkler-bottle?category_id=3718&lang=en
 

Mr. Duque

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Check this out, what do you think? The guy sprinkles glitter by hand, he stays far from the guitar.

Edit: the shop obviously becomes a mess.
 
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whoismarykelly

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Dry flake is a proper technique that still uses a gun but no medium. You spray clear onto the guitar and use a dry flake gun to blow flake onto the clear and then blow the flake flat so its easier to clear coat.

G&L's flake method is only flashy if you get a silver or maybe the gold flake finishes because they require very little tinted clear over the standard silver flake. All their other flake colors use heavy coats of tinted clear to achieve the color they are going for so very little light reflects back through the finish. The blue, turquoise, red, etc... all look very dull by comparison. I've not seen any other company do flake that way. If you're going for a colored flake finish, shoot the proper color base coat and then use the proper colored flake.
 

Mr. Duque

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Dry flake is a proper technique that still uses a gun but no medium. You spray clear onto the guitar and use a dry flake gun to blow flake onto the clear and then blow the flake flat so its easier to clear coat.
Thanks for your input. This is the first time I hear about a dry flake gun. Is it a gentle blow, or is it like a regular air gun?
 

whoismarykelly

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I think I used 4? So long ago..
Looks like your cans are the only ones that worked ever. Almost 100% of the reviews say the cans spray for a few seconds and then clog and dribble with no way to stop the flow.
 

T Dizz

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Looks like your cans are the only ones that worked ever. Almost 100% of the reviews say the cans spray for a few seconds and then clog and dribble with no way to stop the flow.
There is a trick.. you have to shake the can as you spray. If you don't the sparkle wont' spray even. Once I figured that out, it worked really good. I think I only used 1 and a half cans of sparkle over white primer.. 4 cans of clear IIRC.
 




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